Caroline Cecil

Caroline Cecil

Nanaimo DJ scratching her way to the top

Caroline Cecil, better known as Whipped Cream, takes over Koncept Nightclub on Friday (May 29).

A few years ago Caroline Cecil was an aspiring figure skater with dreams of turning professional when everything dramatically changed.

“I had a really serious accident where I had to quit just because I wasn’t performing as well as I was prior to the accident,” Cecil said. “I had no idea what I was going to do with my life because that is what I was really passionate about.”

So the Nanaimoite decided to save up her money and travel overseas.

“The plan was to go to Australia and work,” she said.

But shortly before her planned departure date, fate would intervene in the form of the Sasquatch Festival in Grant County, Wash.

“It was my first real big festival,” Cecil said. “I can’t even explain, but there is this feeling you get [at festivals].”

Soon after, Cecil made the life-altering decision to become a DJ.

“Instead of going to Australia I took all my money that was saved and I bought all my equipment and I broke up with my boyfriend,” Cecil said. “I quit everything and locked myself in a room and learned how to produce music.”

It is a decision that has paid off in many ways for Cecil, who goes by the stage name Whipped Cream. In less than three years, the Woodlands Secondary School graduate has amassed millions of hits on her SoundCloud page, played to crowds throughout the province and is set to perform at one of North America’s premiere festivals.

“The only reason I really skated, I realize now, is because of the music,” Cecil said.

On Friday (May 29) Cecil, 22, will be spinning tracks at Koncept Nightclub.

This past February, Cecil released her debut EP, Law of Attraction, to Unspeakable Records. The album contains three original songs that were mixed, mastered and produced by Cecil.

“I love stuff that is going to make people get down and move. I want to try and change what is going on and not be generic,” Cecil said. “The beautiful thing about electronic music is the possibilities are endless and I don’t have to be tied down to any genre.”

After years of hard work, Cecil will realize one of her goals in August when she showcases her talents at the Shambhala Music Festival, one of continent’s biggest electronic dance music festivals, in Salmo, B.C.

“I heard from so many people that you have to be a DJ for five to 10 years before you play Shambhala,” Cecil said. “Last year I said ‘I am going to play it’ and I am playing now and I am just so grateful.”

Cecil will be performing on the festival’s main stage and is part of a lineup that includes Pretty Lights, Griz and Kygo.

“I am so excited,” Cecil said.

Electronic dance music and its many sub-genres has exploded in popularity over the past 10 years. But despite the growth, the industry is male dominated and has relatively few female DJs or producers.

According to Girls Gone Vinyl, an upcoming documentary film produced by Jenny Lafemme and Maggie Derthick, the 2011 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit only featured six female DJs out of 107 scheduled acts.

“I try not to think that I am different than anyone else,” Cecil said.

From being mistaken for a performer’s girlfriend to being taken slightly less seriously than her male counterparts, Cecil doesn’t let it faze her.

“I think a big compliment is when they [the crowd] think I am a dude on stage,” she said. “I think it is so cool.”

Following her performance at Shambhala, Cecil will head to Southern California for a networking and showcasing trip and has set the bar even higher for herself.

“By next year my goals are to play EDC in Vegas and I want to get into Coachella,” she said.

When Cecil looks back at her decision to become a DJ, she has no regrets.

“I love it all,” she said. “I love everything to do with it. I love the people I have met, the music I make, the things I have learned, I am very lucky.”

Whipped Cream performs at Koncept Nightclub on Friday (May 29). The doors open at 10 p.m. For more information, please visit

For more information on the DJ, please visit or

arts@nanaimobulletin.comFollow @npescod on Twitter


Just Posted

Beban Pool is expected to re-open Oct. 4 after a vote by councillors at a finance and audit committee meeting Wednesday, June 16. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Nanaimo will re-open Beban Pool in October

User groups warn COVID-19 pool closures have left a gap in water safety education

Beef to the lady who went onto my property then proceeded to take my large plant from my home. I found out and asked for it returned. You said I was dramatic? You should be ashamed of yourself.
Beefs & Bouquets, June 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

The discovery of a missing woman’s body in Nanaimo earlier this month is now being treated as homicide, say Nanaimo RCMP. (File photo)
Discovery of woman’s body in downtown Nanaimo now being investigated as a homicide

Amy Watts’s body was discovered near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

An artist’s rendering of a proposed student housing complex at 326 Wakesiah Ave. (WA Architects Ltd. image)
Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact they recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 4 deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Island harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water Ladysmith Harbour, none threatening

Most Read